Hollywood, WTF?

If Roman Polanski had been a pedophile priest who fled the country after drugging and raping a 13-year-old kid, you’d want his ass in jail — 30 years, 40 years, 140 years later — and rightly so.  Artistic talent and brilliance isn’t a Get Out Of Jail Free card.  Brilliant, artistically-talented scum is still scum — these are not mutually exclusive qualities.

Anyone defending this odious but undeniably talented little creep needs to have some sense slapped into them:  “He’s brilliant!  He’s a scumbag!  He’s brilliant!  He’s a scumbag!”

11 Responses to “Hollywood, WTF?”


  1. 1 hemmingforddogblog Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Woody Allen is supporting him…what a surprise!

  2. 2 JJ Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    Of course. Pervs of a feather flock together.

  3. 3 anna Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    I was naively shocked at the number of respected signatures… especially considering the fact that Polanski to this day doesn’t think drugging and sodomizing a little girl was wrong.

    Ah Hollywood – they can justify anything as long as it involves their peers.

  4. 4 JJ Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    anna – Polanski has always been a creep, so it doesn’t surprise me that he sees nothing wrong in what he did. I’m shocked at the hypocrisy of some of his friends. I mean really — if this guy had been a GOP Senator, these same people would be screaming for his ass on a platter.

    It just goes to show, there are idiots on all sides of the political spectrum.

  5. 5 Niles Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    It’s the Daffy Duck defense. He’s different. Pain hurts him.

    But there’s society’s privileged elite power dynamics in action, no matter the side of the political fence. ‘x shouldn’t be punished, it would ruin x’s career/reputation, which is infinitely more worthy than than y’s’

    This is not Fatty Arbuckle being pilloried and lynched in the media for something he didn’t do, to sell papers. This is not Jack Johnson escaping the country to avoid prosecution for essentially being ‘uppity’ in his choice of women. This is an admitted child rapist trying to rub the stench off the crime decades later with complete lack of remorse, let alone culpability.

  6. 6 psa Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    As an occasional film worker, put him on trial, determine his guilt or innocence and punish or exonerate accordingly.

  7. 7 Jumpin' Joan Flash Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    To set facts straight, he has already been pleaded guilty, and fled to avoid SENTENCING.But why is everyone being so emotionally vindictive about this?The purpose of prison is to protect the public, i.e, to prevent re-offence. Since there is no indication that he continues to be a danger, and that therefore the purpose has already been accomplished, what is the point of imprisoning him, other than to gratify the vindictive desires of a sector of the public? That’s hardly a justifiable use of public resources. Get a grip people.

  8. 8 JJ Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Jumpin’ Joan

    The purpose of prison is to protect the public, i.e, to prevent re-offence. Since there is no indication that he continues to be a danger, and that therefore the purpose has already been accomplished, what is the point of imprisoning him, other than to gratify the vindictive desires of a sector of the public?

    You make some valid points.

    I am not normally a big law & order freak in favour of chasing people to the ends of the earth for years on end until they’re forced to “take their punishment”. If the opportunity to arrest Polanski hadn’t presented itself by happenstance, I’d be more inclined to grudgingly let it slide. Justice isn’t always served, that’s nothing new.

    But since the opportunity did present itself, and over the years Polanski hasn’t indicated that he feels any remorse whatsoever for what he did — if anything, the opposite is true — and since his crime was a particularly heinous one, I’m more inclined to say, well tough shit, little buddy. Now go do your time.

    Also, there has to be some kind of equity in the application of law. Marc Emery just turned himself in for extradition to the US and faces 5 years in prison for the ridiculous “crime” of mailing pot seeds. The same system that imprisons Emery for a victimless crime should hardly let someone like Polanski walk away.

  9. 9 mouthyorange Friday, October 2, 2009 at 3:40 am

    @ Niles: “x shouldn’t be punished, it would ruin x’s career/reputation, which is infinitely more worthy than than y’s”

    And that’s as old as the hills, that old thing about how being convicted or facing time for the mere rape of a mere woman or child would be unfair to the (middle-class or upward) male rapist because it would hurt his precious career or his potential career.

    @ JJ: “The same system that imprisons Emery for a victimless crime should hardly let someone like Polanski walk away.”

    Bloody god damn right. So fucking tiresome, that these imbalances go on and on.

  10. 10 anna Friday, October 2, 2009 at 8:19 am

    @ Jumpin Joan
    “That’s hardly a justifiable use of public resources.”

    Exactly why I think Polanski should be forced to pay restitution for every dime of public money that went into tracking him over the past 30 years – all because he didn’t want to do another 40 something days in jail for pedophilia.

  11. 11 JJ Friday, October 2, 2009 at 9:59 am

    Mouthyorange – Yes, it’s not that the US judicial system (or Canada’s for that matter) is so perfect by any means, but at least be consistent. Throwing a guy in jail for pot and letting a child rapist walk tests the bounds of acceptability.


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